PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's Major Crime’s detectives and deputies continue searching Friday for two men who were in a pickup truck that fled Wednesday night after hitting and injuring a CCSO deputy. The driver was 22-year-old Hunter Bruce Morrison, of 28262 Alatadena Drive, and his passenger 33-year-old Jeffrey Dean May, of 14180 Burnt Store Road. May has been arrested three times; his last arrest was Aug. 7, 2012 on drug charges. Morrison has been arrested twice; his last arrest was on drug charges Aug. 2.
After receiving a tip Thursday night around 9:00 p.m. the pickup was located by the CCSO helicopter. It was found in a ditch in Charlotte Ranchettes off Pelican and Swiss boulevards east of Punta Gorda. CCSO Crime Scene Technicians collected evidence from the white 1996 Toyota Tacoma pickup after it was towed to the CCSO secured impound lot. Another tip was received after Morrison abandoned his pickup that he went to a relative’s home in Tropical Gulf Acres to get a change of clothing as he was covered in mud; he then left. K9 and helicopter again were called but were unable to locate Morrison. May has not been seen since the incident Wednesday night.
The incident began at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday when deputies went to May’s home to serve an arrest warrant for Violation of Probation on May. They found May in the pickup with Morrison’s behind the wheel; it was parked in the driveway. As they approached, Morrison started his truck, back out in reverse, and then sped forward striking a deputy in the leg. The pickup was last seen heading south toward Cape Coral and a BOLO was issued. The deputy was taken to Charlotte Regional Medical Center, treated and released.
Anyone with knowledge of illegal drug activity is asked to please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157 or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).